Date of Birth:31 December 1965, Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China
Height:5' 7" (1.70 m)
Gong Li (born 31 December 1965) is a Chinese-born Singaporean film actress. Gong first came into international prominence through close collaboration with Chinese director Zhang Yimou and is credited with helping to bring Chinese cinema to Europe and the United States.
She has twice been awarded the Golden Rooster and the Hundred Flowers Awards as well as the Berlinale Camera, Cannes Festival Trophy, National Board of Review, New York Film Critics Circle Award, and Volpi Cup.
She married Singaporean businessman Ooi Hoe Soeng in 1996, and became a Singaporean citizen in 2008.
|Ooi Wei Ming||(15 February 1996 - present) (separated)|
Trivia:Was included in People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People.
Representative of Shanghai Tang line of clothing.
Graduated from the Central Drama Academy in Beijing (1989)
Personal favorites: Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman
Received New York Film Critics award for Farewell My Concubine (1993) (aka Farewell My Concubine).
Head juror of the 2000 Berlin International Film Festival
Head juror of the 2002 Venice Film Festival
Head juror of the 2003 Tokyo International Film Festival
Member of jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997
Her performance as Juxian in Farewell My Concubine (1993) (aka "Farewell My Concubine") (1993) is ranked #89 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
The youngest of five children.
Had a song written about her by the Red Hot Chili Peppers ("Gong Li").
She was presented the French government's Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in June 1998 for contributions to the cinema.
Was chosen and honored as one of TIME Magazine's "60 Years of Asian Heroes".
Youngest person to be honored with the "Trophy of the Festival" award at Cannes.
Can understand English but is uncomfortable in speaking it off camera and in interviews. Usually finds its easier to learn her lines for her English speaking roles phonetically.
Michael Mann and Rob Marshall refer to her as the "Meryl Streep of China".
Beauty ambassador for L'Oreal cosmetics.
Her father and her older sister both died of cancer.
Voted "Most beautiful woman in China" 2006.
#52 on Premiere magazines "100 sexiest movie stars of all time" (2008).
Appointed in 2008 by the United Nations(UNEP) as the "Global Environmental Ambassador", along with Mikhail Gorbachev , Richard Branson, Samuel Etoo Angelique Kinjo, Gabriel Yared.
Recipient of the 2007 Chinese World Influence Award.
Named one of CNN's "25 greatest Asian actors of all time".
In 2010 Gong Li was presented with the "Commandeur of the Legion of Honor" the highest decoration from the French government. She is the only Chinese woman ever to receive it.
First Chinese actress/actor on the cover of TIME magazine.
Early life:Gong Li was born in Shenyang, Liaoning, the youngest in a family of five children. Her father was a professor of economics and her mother, who was 40 when Gong was born, was a teacher.Gong grew up in Jinan, the capital of Shandong.
In 1985, Gong sought to study at China's top music school, but was denied entrance. Later that same year, she was accepted to the prestigious Central Academy of Drama in Beijing and graduated in 1989.While a student at the Central Academy of Drama, she was discovered by Zhang Yimou, who chose her for the lead role in Red Sorghum, his first film as a director.
Personal life:Her collaboration with director Zhang Yimou was highly publicized. A film she made with Zhang (To Live) (1995) ended their professional relationship; the film was banned in China. They were reunited in 2006 for Zhang's Curse of the Golden Flower.
In 1996, news began circulating that Gong had married the Singaporean tobacco tycoon, Ooi Hoe Soeng . They were married in November 1996 at Hong Kong's China Club.
She was voted the most beautiful woman in China in 2006.
Gong Li applied for Singapore citizenship in early 2008.When overseas professional obligations prevented her from showing up at her scheduled August citizenship ceremony, she was harshly criticized for not making it a priority. On Saturday, 8 November 2008, Gong, in an effort to make amends, attended a citizenship ceremony held at Teck Ghee Community Club and received her Singapore citizenship certificate from Member of Parliament Lee Bee Wah.
On 28 June 2010, the chief editor of Chinese entertainment magazine "Southern Entertainment Magazine" revealed that Gong's agent confirmed that Gong Li and her husband had divorced.
Gong was a spokeswoman for Shanghai Tang clothing store.
|Gong Li With Aishwariya Roy Bachan|
|1989||The Empress Dowager
||Ah Li||Hundred Flowers Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|1990||A Terracotta Warrior
||Winter/Lili Chu||Nominated – Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress|
||Ju Dou||First Chinese film nominated for an Academy Award, entered at Cannes|
|1991||God of Gamblers III: Back to Shanghai
|Raise the Red Lantern
||Songlian||Hundred Flowers Awards for Best Actress|
||Waitress at banquet|
|1992||The Story of Qiu Ju
||Qiu Ju||Golden Rooster Awards for Best Actress
Volpi Cup for Best Actress
Golden Phoenix Awards for Best Female Actor
|Mary from Beijing
|1993||Farewell My Concubine
||Juxian||New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|1994||Dragon Chronicles: The Maidens of Heavenly Mountain
|A Soul Haunted by Painting
||Xu Jiazhen||Nominated – Chlotrudis Award for Best Actress|
|The Great Conqueror's Concubine
||Pang Ruyi||Nominated – Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress|
|1998||The Emperor and the Assassin
|2000||Breaking the Silence
||Sun Liying||Golden Rooster Awards for Best Actress
Montreal World Film Festival for Best Actress
Golden Phoenix Awards for Best Actress
Hundred Flowers Awards for Best Actress
Shanghai Film Critics Awards for Best Actress
|2002||Zhou Yu's Train
||Zhou Yu||Students' Choice Award for Favourite Actress|
|2004||2046||Su Li Zhen||Wong Kar-wai, director|
|2005||Memoirs of a Geisha
||Hatsumomo||National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
|Curse of the Golden Flower
||Empress Phoenix||Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress
Hong Kong Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Asian Film Awards for Best Actress
||Lady Murasaki Shikibu Lecter|
|2011||What Women Want